A rendering of the New York City AIDS Memorial. | NYCAIDSMEMORIAL.ORG
The Main Event
Dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial
Join the NYC AIDS Memorial Foundation, the End AIDS 2020 Coalition, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and the New York State Health Department in the dedication of the new permanent memorial in St. Vincent’s Triangular Park, Greenwich Avenue at Seventh Avenue South, on Thursday, December 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The product of more than five years of advocacy, planning, and fundraising, dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial will be led by Paul Kelterborn and Christopher Tepper, its co-founders, and Keith Fox, the board chair. Tony Award-winning actor and singer Billy Porter emcees an event that will include poet Kamilah Aisha Moon reading from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” and the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus performing. This event, supported by the city’s leading AIDS advocacy, service, and treatment organizations, is free and open to the public.
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25th Annual Out of the Darkness Event
Leaders in the AIDS community will host a Candlelight Vigil, march, and a reading of names of those lost to AIDS. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 1 with the Candlelight Vigil at the Trinity Lutheran Church of Manhattan, 164 West 100th Street at Amsterdam Avenue. Those gathered will march to the Church of St. Paul and St. Andrew, United Methodist at 263 West 86th Street at West End Avenue, where names will be read beginning at 6:30 p.m. Guest speakers and performers will begin their program at 7 p.m. For more information, call 212-367-1016 or email Krishna@gmhc.org.
Memories of a Penitent Heart: Special Film Screening
Dr. Cecilia Aldarondo’s “Memories of a Penitent Heart,” created out of found home movies, interviews, and contemporary vérité footage, dissects a family secret while exploring the AIDS crisis and the rarely heard story of Latino artists who died during the early days of the epidemic. This is a story about past mistakes, second chances, and how faith can be used at a time of crisis. Aldarondo appears in conversation with Dr. José Feder, assistant clinical professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at the Mount Sinai Institute of Advanced Medicine at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, Cecelia Gentili, assistant director of policy and public affairs at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and Rafael Ponce, the manager of community engagement at the city health department’s Bureau of HIV/ AIDS Prevention and Control. Mount Sinai West Hospital, 1000 10th Avenue, between 58th and 59th Streets, Conference Room B, second floor. Monday, November 28, 6-8:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.
“Memories of a Penitent Heart” screens on November 28. | PENITENTHEART.COM
Zumba Fitness Dance to End AIDS
The Zumba Fitness instructors present a dance performance informed by Latin and international rhythms to benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Manny Cantor Center, 197 East Broadway at Jefferson Street. Sunday, December 4, 2-4 p.m. Tickets are $25 at gmhc.org/zumba or $35 at the door.
Super Sex for Men
Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders present a forum for gay, bisexual, and transgender men over 50 to talk about sex. Bill Gross, coordinator of SAGEPositive moderates a panel that includes psychotherapist Scott A. Kramer, Jeffrey Kwon, the director of E-linc at the Columbia School of Nursing, and Ty Martin, the Harlem community liaison at SAGE Center Harlem. Monday, December 5, 6:45 p.m.-8 p.m. SAGE, 305 Seventh Avenue, between 27th and 28th Streets, 15th floor. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-741-2247.
Ray Navarro in a video still from DIVA TV's “Like a Prayer,” from the “Stop The Church” action, 1989. | COMPULSIVE PRACTICE/ VISUALAIDS.ORG
2016 Day With(out) Art: Compulsive Practice
For its Day With(out) Art, the annual World AIDS Day observance by Visual AIDS — which uses art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV-positive artists, and preserving the legacy of artists lost — the group presents “Compulsive Practice,” a one-hour video compilation of compulsive, daily, and habitual practices by nine artists and activists who live with their cameras as one way to manage, reflect upon, and change how they are deeply affected by HIV/AIDS. From video diaries to civil disobedience, holiday specials, and backstage antics, Betamax to YouTube, “Compulsive Practice” displays a diversity of artistic approaches, experiences, and expectations. The compulsive video practices of these artists serve many purposes — cure, treatment, outlet, lament, documentation, communication — and have many tones, including obsessive, driven, poetic, neurotic, and celebratory. Curated by Jean Carlomusto, Alexandra Juhasz, and Hugh Ryan, the participating video makers and artists include James Wentzy, Nelson Sullivan (1948-1989), Ray Navarro (1964-1990), Carol Leigh aka Scarlot Harlot, Juanita Mohammed, Luna Luis Ortiz, Mark S. King, Justin B. Terry-Smith, and the Southern AIDS Living Quilt.
“Compulsive Practice” will be screened at the following venues:
New Museum, 235 Bowery at Prince Street on Thursday, December 1, 7 p.m. The screening is followed by a panel discussion featuring Carol Leigh, Luna Luis Ortiz, and James Wentzy, moderated by “Compulsive Practice” co-curator Jean Carlomusto.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street at West Street, Susan and John Hess Family Theater, third floor, on Thursday, December 1. A looping presentation of the film, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., is free with museum admission (whitney.org).
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, sixth floor Project Space, on Thursday, December 1. A looping presentation of the film, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., free with museum admission, which is pay–what-you-wish after 6 p.m. (madmuseum.org)
BRIC House, 647 Fulton Street at Rockwell Place, Brooklyn, on Thursday, December 1, 1-4 p.m., looping presentations on the Stoop (bricartsmedia.org).
Parsons School of Design, 2 West 13th Street, lobby entrance, on Thursday, December 1, 8 a.m.-11 p.m., looping presentation on two street-level monitors.
Tisch School of the Arts, NYU on Thursday, December 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., looping presentation on three screens: 721 Broadway at Waverly Place, ground floor lobby and Dean’s 12th floor Reception Area, and at 665 Broadway at Bond Street, sixth floor.
SAGE Center Harlem, Oberia D. Dempsey Multi-Service Center; 127 West 127th Street, between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevards, on Thursday, December 1, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., screening and post-film discussion.
Justin B. Terry-Smith in a video still from “Justin's HIV Journal: Justin and husband Phil ADOPT son”, 2014. | COMPULSIVE PRACTICE/ VISUALAIDS.ORG
SAGE Center Midtown, 305 Seventh Avenue, between 27th and 28th Streets, 15th floor, on Thursday, December 1, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., screening and post-film discussion.
SAGE Center Bronx, Union Community Health Center, 260 East 188th Street, between Valentine and Tieboult Avenues, second floor, on Friday, December 2, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., screening and post-film discussion.
SAGE-Pride Innovative Senior Center of Staten Island, 25 Victory Boulevard at Bay Street, third floor, on Saturday, December 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., screening and post-film discussion.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Avenue, Sackler Center Forum, fourth floor on Saturday, December 3, 7 p.m. screening event followed by a panel discussion moderated by “Compulsive Practice” co-curator Alexandra Juhasz.
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W 125th Street, between Malcolm X and Adam Clayton Powell Boulevards on Sunday, December 4, 3 p.m. The screening is followed by a panel discussion featuring Harlem Postcards artist Nayland Blake and “Compulsive Practice” artist Luna Luis Ortiz, and moderated by Vivian Crockett.